Youth Orchestras Program
The Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestras (WSSYO) strive to foster the greatest artistic and personal development of young musicians by providing them with experiences that challenge and develop their musical abilities, inspire imagination and excellence, and create future stewards of the arts.
The WSS Encourages Education
What is the role of music in educating our nation’s students? Today’s educational culture places a high value on quantifying academic achievement. Gauging student progress and learning is clearly important, but the true mission of education lies in shaping the students behind the scores, and “bubble tests” can only measure so much.
The WSS Instrument Petting Zoo!
The Winston-Salem Symphony’s new and exciting Instrument Petting Zoo travels to area classrooms, community events and WS Symphony performances to give both children and adults the opportunity to see and hear the different instruments of the orchestra – up close and personal!
WSS Youth Orchestras:
The three entities of the Youth Orchestras Program perform several times each year in different venues throughout Winston-Salem. Student performers and audience members alike experience exciting full-orchestra repertoire and occasional concerto performances by young soloists.
Youth Orchestra Auditions
Join us! Auditions are held annually in the late Spring for our three performing ensembles: the Youth Symphony, the Youth Philharmonic, and the Premiere Strings.
Jessica Morel, Margaret Rehder, and Fabrice Dharamraj lead our talented students in rehearsals and concerts each year. Each conductor brings a wealth of experience in musicianship and education, guiding their respective orchestras to their full potential performance after performance.
History of the WSSYO
In 2007 the Youth Orchestras became an official part of the Winston-Salem Symphony Association with added resources of the WSS Music Director Robert Moody and Executive Director Merritt Vale. The Winston-Salem Symphony, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), and Wake Forest University continue to offer invaluable resources and sponsorship of the Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestras program. Parent volunteers contribute many hours to help the orchestras function.
Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestras
201 N. Broad St., Ste. 200
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Phone: (336) 725.1035
Fax: (336) 725.3924